He won't win this

Lance Pugmire

Los Angeles Times

Lance Armstrong is in a race he is likely to lose.

Although the cyclist has a public point when he describes this case as a "vendetta," that will resonate far less with the stoic arbitrators expected to hear this case, with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency saying it has more than 10 cyclists and others prepared to say they witnessed Armstrong using performance-enhancing drugs.

The details of test results and methods might have been lost on a grand jury, but the arbitrators have heard this stuff before.

As they weigh the volume of USADA evidence and witnesses, expect the ruling to be this: Hope you enjoyed the champagne on the Champs-Elysees ride, but please return those titles.

lpugmire@tribune.com

He'll survive it again

Kayla Montoro

Morning Call

If he survived it once, he'll survive it again.

First, these allegations date back more than 16 years. Second, he never has failed a drug test in the past. Third, why didn't the U.S. Justice Department pursue this after its own two-year investigation?

The USADA is a non-governmental agency, posing no criminal charges and only the threat of stripping his Tour de France titles and preventing him from competing. I don't think these charges will hold because they are the same witnesses and charges U.S. prosecutors looked into and dropped earlier this year.

Armstrong will continue to fight these allegations, maintain his innocence and survive it all again.

kmontoro@tribune.com

He's in a tough spot

Philip Hersh

Chicago Tribune

Lance Armstrong finally seems to have been cornered in a way that will force him and his expensive lawyers to answer with more than denial statements.